K-12 teachers can take these 15-week online courses to earn 'graduate level' credit in various subjects including reading, technology, health, and coaching.
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This four course online series, co-sponsored by Link Autism Leadership, focuses on educational, social, and behavioral support strategies effective when working inside and outside the classroom with students on the autism disorder spectrum. The first course also provides a broad overview of the disorders and key structures for potentially recognizing the specific disorders. Courses may be taken individually.
- EDNU 9971 Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders 3 Credits
- This course is purposed toward familiarizing participants with autism spectrum disorders including high and low functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Participants will become familiar with each disorder, familiarized with interventions from a systems perspective, an overview of IDEA, least restrictive environment, and other lawful mandates, and finally practical strategies and specialized, scuffled instruction in general education classrooms (elementary and secondary) designed for children with ranging autism disorders.
- EDNU 9978 Meeting Academic Needs for Children with Autism 3 Credits
- This course is purposed toward familiarizing participants with educational strategies to be used for children with autism spectrum disorders including high and low functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Opportunities for virtual learning, on the job training, life skills education, and special education law will be offered as an extended understanding in meeting basic educational needs for individuals with autism disorders.
- EDNU 9989 Behavioral Supports & Interventions for Children w/Autism 3 Credits
- This course is purposed toward familiarizing participants with behavioral support strategies to be used for children with autism spectrum disorders including high and low functioning autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder in an educational environment. This course will also present long-range behavioral strategies and supports.
- EDNU 9990 Social Supports for Children w/Autism Disorders 3 Credits
- Participants will become familiar with understanding social characteristics of autism that will be applied within education environments, and participants will be familiarized with social interventions from a systems perspective. Special education requirements will be overviewed. Participants will also be provided with practical social strategies and specialized instruction for general education classrooms.
- EDLU 9003 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas 3 credits
- In order to be successful in content area classes such as social studies, science, and mathematics, students must be able to read a variety of informational texts and produce written documents. This course will give teachers the tools they need to integrate literacy strategies into content learning to help raise student achievement. Students will be able to locate web-based tools, strategies, and lessons that foster literacy skills in all content areas. They will also have developed a preliminary lesson plan portfolio incorporating these tools and strategies.
- EDLU 9004 Teaching Children’s Literature 3 credits
- This course focuses on literature from preschool through adolescence; and the course seeks to give you both an appreciation of the literature's worth and the confidence necessary for you to present the material in a classroom setting.
- EDLU 9541 Teaching Reading in the 21st Century 3 credits
- This course is designed for both experienced educators and newcomers interested in incorporating the reading strategies to help students achieve their educational standards and objectives using current trends and research. This course will help educators develop effective teaching methods and instructional strategies.
- EDLU 9542 Helping Struggling Readers with Comprehension 3 credits
- This course was designed to focus on evidence-based instructional practices to promote word recognition, fluency, and comprehension, along with procedures to assess children's development as they move from emergent literacy to learning to read and into the reading to learn stage.
- EDKU 9543 Building Better Instruction with Technology 3 credits
- This course is designed for educators across all content areas, as well as all grade levels. Many of the strategies will use Internet based research. In addition, students will analyze the core concepts of how Web 2.0 is affecting learning environments and explore the combined power of research-based instructional strategies and technology to engage and motivate diverse populations of students including students with exceptionalities and diverse learning styles.
- EDKU 9548 Teaching with Technology for K-8 Teachers 3 credits
- This course focuses on elementary grades technology teaching methods, the process of integrating technology into curricula, and advocating for the utilization of technology at the elementary level. Students will learn methods to evaluate and enhance learning, analyze exemplary lesson plans that incorporate technology, create lesson plans and units for the elementary and/or middle school grade levels.